Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Clinging on to Her Job, Britain's May Appoints New Ministers

Clinging on to Her Job, Britain's May Appoints New Ministers

May is under pressure after the Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority in Thursday's election.

But with May's personal authority in tatters, there were reports that moves were afoot within her Conservative Party to dislodge her, while opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was insisting she could be ousted and he could replace her. But the ballot-box humiliation has seriously - and possibly mortally - wounded her leadership just as Britain is about to begin complex exit talks with the European Union.

"The prime minister has tonight spoken with the DUP to discuss finalising a confidence and supply deal when Parliament returns next week", a Downing Street spokeswoman said, referring to a deal whereby the DUP would support the government but not enter a formal coalition. "It's just how long she's going to remain on death row", former Conservative finance minister George Osborne, who was sacked by May when she became prime minister past year, told the BBC.

May's co-chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, handed in their resignations on Saturday following the disastrous election.

ARLENE Foster has revealed this morning she plans to fly to London on Tuesday to meet with Theresa May and sort out the Tory-DUP deal.

The Tories have said they will form a government with the support of the DUP. A party spokesman confirmed the resignation of Hill, a combative character who one ex-colleague said had helped create "toxic" atmosphere at the heart of government.

"Theresa May is a dead woman walking and the only question is how long she remains on death row", said George Osborne, who had been sacked as UK Chancellor when May took over at 10 Downing Street after David Cameron resigned as PM after the Brexit referendum in June 2016.

An initial statement suggested a deal had been struck with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), but a later version said the talks were continuing.

But despite jubilation among Mr Corbyn's supporters at bloodying Mrs May' s nose, Labour MP Chris Leslie said the party should not pretend it achieved a "famous victory".

But the wooing of the DUP risks upsetting the political balance in Northern Ireland by aligning London more closely with the pro-British side in the divided province, where a power-sharing government with Irish nationalists is now suspended.

"May won't be able to make any compromises because she lacks a broad parliamentary majority", he said.

"He has been inundated with messages of support".

"Theresa May's central claim which is no deal is better than a bad deal now becomes undeliverable because the DUP will never allow no deal".

Newspaper headlines saw her as just clinging on.

The talks were in line with Mrs Foster's "commitment to explore how we might bring stability to the nation at this time of great challenge", her party said in a statement.

If that succeeded, May would be expected to stand aside and let Corbyn try to win the backing of a majority of members of parliament to form a government.

"It is not the outcome any of us would have wanted in the Conservative Party".

At least five UK Cabinet ministers are pushing for Boris Johnson to topple Theresa May as Conservative party leader and Prime Minister, one of his close allies said on Sunday but the foreign secretary denied any plans of a coup.

"We are going to see, I hope, more collective decision-making in the cabinet".

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